Country music icon Joe Diffie has died at 61 due to complications of the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to Variety.
“Grammy-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19),” a spokesperson said.
Diffie announced on Friday that he had been diagnosed with the virus, saying “I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment.”
Diffie, “a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years, is a household name to any country fan who came of age listening to the format in the 1990s. He had more than 20 top 10 country hits, five of which went to No. 1 (“Home,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than the Beatles”). Two of his 13 albums went platinum and another two were certified gold.” according to Variety.